INTERVIEW: Leader Cheetah’s Dan Crannich

Hey! Check out my interview with Leader Cheetah’s Dan Crannich for Australian Musician Magazine.

Here’s a snippet:

Do you have any kind of routine for letting [songwriting] happen? Some musicians get into meditation, some need to work out before they riff out…

I’ve started trying to meditate a little bit. It’s my first time living by myself. I just came out of a long-term relationship and I’ve got a lot of things going on in my life on top of that. So I’ve actually be trying to do things like lighting some candles and doing a bit of meditation, just to try and clear away a little bit of the psychic baggage that’s hanging around. But I find music, especially performing and writing it, being creative, just really helps to stay in that positive mood. It does shed weight and feelings that are hanging around you. It’s a very renewing kind of thing. But the meditation, not before I write, I don’t. It’s more just picking up the guitar. You kind of know when you’re in a mood where things are going to come. Sometimes you surprise yourself – sometimes you’re not at all even really thinking about music, and you pick up the guitar and stuff starts happening, but quite often it’s that time when you sit down by yourself and you’ve just got a feeling that if you do it now, something’s gonna happen! I don’t know whether it’s something to do with the planets or whatever, but I definitely think there’s a feeling that you have when the good stuff is going to come. That’s why I’ve never felt a huge amount of ego attached to my songwriting. You definitely do get better at writing songs, but that’s just because you get better at honing in. The most integral part of a great song is that initial flash, that initial idea, that initial melody. Whatever it may be. For the kind of songs I write it’s melody. For a different style of music it may be a rhythm. You definitely get better at knowing how to arrange and trim the fat, and build it up, but I think that initial thing is always kind of the same.

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